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Saturday, July 21, 2012
Sox honor Varitek in pregame ceremony

By Joe McDonald

BOSTON -- The Boston Red Sox will honor former catcher and captain Jason Varitek in a pregame ceremony Saturday night at Fenway Park.

Varitek announced his retirement March 1 at the Red Sox's spring training facility. On Saturday afternoon, his former teammates talked about his legacy Saturday afternoon in the Red Sox clubhouse.

"Every time he took the field, he would give you everything he had. He was the kind of teammate who had your back. He was the nicest guy ever, a great human being," said Red Sox DH David Ortiz.

Varitek was a key member of the 2004 and 2007 World Series teams and ranks as the all-time leader in games caught (1,488) for the Red Sox.